50 Years of Light

The Golden Anniversary of

Migdal Ohr

This year, 2022, marks the 50th anniversary of the founding of Migdal Ohr in 1972 by Israel Prize Laureate Rabbi Yitzchak David Grossman.

Migdal Ohr means “tower of light” in Hebrew and is a network of programs that provide an unparalleled level of love and care to over 10,000 at-risk children every year. Today, the organization is nationally recognized for excellence by Israel’s Welfare and Education Ministries.

Over the last 50 years, Migdal Ohr has had a major impact on Israeli society having raised over 40,000 alumni that are now commanders in the army, parents, teachers, doctors, lawyers, business and religious leaders.

Migdal Ohr with childrenMigdal Ohr receiving Israel Prize

Our growth has been fueled by passionate supporters like you who are ensuring that Migdal Ohr continues to grow and expand for 50 more years and beyond!

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A Legacy of Light and Unconditional Love

After the Six-Day War, Rabbi Yitzchak David Grossman, a young hasid from Jerusalem, wanted to make a difference and thank G-d for the miracles that he had experienced. He took his young family and moved to Migdal HaEmek, one of the most crime-ridden cities in Israel, where they began caring for homeless, orphaned, and neglected children.

Fifty remarkable years later, the classroom where the Grossmans once taught 18 students has become one of three vast campuses of Migdal Ohr. Migdal Ohr is a city of light and love where children are accepted with open arms and given an incredible amount of love and attention.

Rabbi Yitzchak David Grossman in 1972

After being named the Chief Rabbi of Migdal HaEmek, Rabbi Grossman establishes Migdal Ohr to help distressed youth who have fallen to crime and drugs.

Rabbi Yitzchak David Grossman 1991

As waves of immigrants from Yemen, Ethiopia, and Russia arrive in Israel, Migdal Ohr expands with schools and dorms to welcome and integrate them into society.

Rabbi Yitzchak David Grossman 2003

The Ohr Yisraeli youth movement is established with some 8,000 youth in 160 branches. Migdal Ohr launches Chag Saveah, a national food drive before the holidays.

Rabbi Yitzchak David Grossman 2004

Rabbi Grossman is awarded the prestigious Israel Prize for his life’s work – his special contribution to the country and society.

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Stay up to date on all of the exciting events and news celebrating Migdal Ohr’s 50th anniversary

You Can Transform the Future of Israel

Your involvement can change the life of a child and enable them to thrive:


Housing, food, clothing, dental and medical care, any therapies they need, and personal necessities


Schooling, enrichment, mentorship, vocational training, and guidance counseling


Leadership development, civic involvement, and opportunities for advancement


About Our Founder
Rabbi Yitzchak David Grossman

Migdal Ohr’s founder, Israel Prize Laureate Rabbi Yitzchak David Grossman, is known around the world for his unconditional love of every single Jew. He has also been a transformational figure in Israel, advocating for the poorest and most neglected children and creating programs that have saved thousands of youth from a life of poverty, crime, and drugs.

Over the years, Rabbi Grossman  has played a major role in resettling and integrating Jewish children from numerous countries into Israeli society. He has been a father, an educator, and a loving rabbi to children from Yemen, Russia, Ethiopia, France, and India, welcoming them to Israel and helping them make it their home.

Rabbi Yitzchak David Grossman with a boy

Leave a heartfelt message for Rabbi and Rebbetzin Grossman

Your message will be included in a beautiful book that will be presented to Rabbi and Rebbetzin Grossman this year.

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